Book Review: ‘The Christmas Table’ Is Another Heartwarming Novel From Donna VanLiere

A home built dining room table brings together two families of different decades in the latest heart-warming Christmas novel by Donna VanLiere. This is the perfect book for the holiday season and might even make you shed a tear or two (and I admit I did). This would make a perfect Hallmark Movie!

In 1972 John Creighton is married to Joan and has two young children. They have the perfect life going and Joan is even learning to cook with her mother’s recipes. John is determined to build his wife a table she will love. It will be his first time building something. And Joan and the kids are becoming good cooks as well. But Joan soon learns of a horrible medical condition she has and it derails everything going on. She is in for the fight of her life and John is there as well and will not let Joan give up and is determined his family will survive this and Joan will see her table.

In 2012 Lauren and Travis are newly married and she soon discovers she’s pregnant. It wasn’t planned but they’re excited. Lauren buys a table and soon they discover a draw under it with all the recipes that Joan used all those years ago. Lauren decides she wants to learn to cook and starts using the cards and reading the special messages on them for Joan. Lauren decides she wants to try and find Joan and give the cards back. She and Travis start a search and soon learn that the answers to find them may be right in front of them.

The book goes back and forth between the two time periods and we learn by the end of the book what happened in 1972 and if Joan and her family survived, how the table came to be and how Lauren ended up with it and if her search to find Joan and her family is successful.

You can pick up The Christmas Table in stores on Tuesday, October 6th from St. Martin’s Press.

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